Lancaster County attorney explains how court determines bond amount – About Your Online Magazine


Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon explained why some titles may be higher than others.
Bail bonds

LINCOLN, Nebraska (KLKN) – In the recent case of Jake Gonzalez, the man accused of killing a two-year-old Fairbury boy, the title was set at $ 15 million.

“We had $ 5 million and $ 10 million here, but $ 15 million, one of the highest amounts I’ve ever seen,” said Pat Condon, Lancaster County attorney. “I think it is appropriate for the nature of the accusation and the individual’s story.”

Now, in another case that did not involve a murder, some were surprised at how low the bond was established. A Colorado man was arrested on federal charges of carrying a gun. This resulted from a traffic stop in March on I-80 in Lancaster County.

Adam Vannoy had been stopped for speeding. Authorities say they found several weapons, a semi-automatic AR rifle loaded with an illegal silencer, four revolvers, a bulletproof vest and blanket, an Air Force costume and wigs, and marijuana.

His bail was set at $ 50,000. He was released after paying $ 5,000. After that, authorities said an Iowa gun store refused to sell a gun to Vannoy after he made comments saying he was surprised his friends didn’t think he was the mass shooter from Boulder, CO.

Condon says the weapons were not illegal and no written plan was found to cause more concern. That was part of the reason for the value of his bail.

The court also analyzes the nature of the crime when establishing obligations. The more serious the crime, the more likely people are to flee.

“There are no obligations to keep people in prison because of the crime they are accused of,” said Condon. “It is to make sure that they appear in court for these crimes.”

Condon also mentioned that officials will review the statement of probable cause and the arrest filed in court. Public security is also taken into account. At the end of the day, it’s up to the judge, and Condon says that even court leaders sometimes question themselves.

“We can always learn from the incidents that happen and we must always learn.”



Paula Fonseca